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Tanzania: The Crop Doctor is in the Market

Dark clouds fill the sky, blocking the view of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Rain pours down on the bustling market in Himo town, about 100 kilometres east of Arusha. Farmers come from all over northern Tanzania to visit the bi-weekly “plant

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Media Literacy Talks for Tanzania’s Youth

I’m on the back of a boda-boda motorcycle taxi, heading uphill, when my driver, Nuru, points out the drive-way leading to the house of Tanzania’s former prime minister and current presidential hopeful, Edward Lowassa. Not even five seconds after we

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Tanzania: Intercropping and companion planting get results

Just three kilometres south of Arusha’s dusty, congested streets, the village of Engo Sengiu sits at the end of a long, bumpy dirt road, surrounded by fertile farmland. The village’s rutted roads are bordered everywhere by lush, green vegetation invigorated

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Tanzania: Radio Plants Seed in Farmers’ Minds

Sitting in traffic can be tedious. But 53-year-old businessman Loiruki Mollel uses the time to listen to the radio. He tunes in to Kilimo chetu [Our farming] on Radio Maria 89.1 FM as he manoeuvres his way through traffic in

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Kenya: A Case of Media Mentorship in Africa’s Largest Slum

“The mentoring culture needs to come back to our newsrooms,” said Ernest Sungura, executive director at Tanzania Media Fund, while addressing journalists at the World Press Freedom Day Conference in Arusha May 3. The theme of this year’s Arusha conference

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Tanzania: Fifty years of farming cooperatively – an experiment in agricultural production

Pius Hayuma bends down and uses his bare hands to dig in the soil of his shamba, or small farm. Beans and maize plants are sprouting all over his one and a half hectares of land, which border northern Tanzania’s

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Stop Muzzling the Press in East Africa

World Press Freedom Day is every May 3. The theme of this year’s WPFD, hosted by UNESCO, is Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In Arusha, Tanzania, journalists and media stakeholders from around East Africa

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